31 Dec The Art of // Spiralizing
the gadget //
Did you ever dream of a kitchen gadget that would turn ordinary vegetables like carrots, beets, zucchini & sweet potato into noodle-like shapes? Or an apparatus that could ribbon an apple for a stunning fig & walnut salad? (take a moment, we know this is a foodie tease). So naturally, when we learned about spiralizing, the art of turning vegetables into low-calorie, gluten-free variations of pasta, we were absolutely elated. If you didn’t already love vegetables, or if you’ve become bored of eating raw veggie sticks (somewhat lacklustre), the spiralizer could have you seeing vegetables in an entirely new light (cue ah-ha moment).
Are you thinking “the spirilizer is just another kitchen gadget fad”? Well we hate to say it, but you’re wrong. The spiralizer is the health-gadget of the year & you don’t have to be vegetarian or vegan to reap the nutritional rewards. Not on the spiralizing band wagon yet? Could we win you over with a revamped comfort food favourite? Try swapping out your standard wholewheat spaghetti with a heaping plate of zucchini pasta (or zoodles). Toss the zoodles in bolognese sauce, top with turkey meatballs, grated parmigiano reggiano & voilà, there’s a meal bound to win over any skeptic!
So maybe you’re cozying up to the idea of a spiralizing but you’re STILL on the fence because your pantry & cupboards are stuffed with every kitchen gadget that’s ever lined the shelves of Williams-Sonoma (mad kitchen envy we’ve got going on). Our advice to you: find room (after all, we’ve got your best interest in mind). The moment you see the beautiful ribbons or spirals this machine creates you’ll agree that it puts the conventional peeler, grater, mandolin & julienne peeler to shame.
Wanna get your hands on one? One available locally in Calgary at Williams-Sonoma is the Paserno Spiralizer 4-Blade (this is the model we have experience with as a result of unknowingly gifting it to each other this year for Christmas… great minds gift alike). Click here to get your hands on the gadget & get inspiralized here by the queen of spiralizing, Ali Maffucci.
Although we encourage you to include whole grains in your diet¹, the spiralizer is a great way to introduce grain alternatives such as fruits & veggies into your nutrition profile. For people who’re trying to be more mindful of what they’re eating, refined carbohydrates such as spaghetti may not be your best option. In 4 oz of spaghetti noodles there’s approximately 180 calories, 1.1 grams of fat & 35 grams of carbohydrates (for the pasta alone, yikes). In comparison, 4 oz of zucchini noodles only have 18 calories, less than 0.1 grams of fat & only 4.5 grams of carbohydrates. For some, there is not substitute to pasta (hey, we’re not judging, we get the urge to indulge in authentic Italian from time to time) but, for those who are required or seeking to eliminate or restrict wheat from their diet, or for those of you who simply want to increase the amount of fibre in your diet, the spiralizer is a fantastic investment.
give it a twirl // angle hair zucchini
roasted chickpeas //
- Preheat oven to 425°C.
- Rinse & drain one can of chick peas.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper & disperse chickpeas on it.
- Pat chickpeas dry with paper towel.
- Drizzle olive oil & season chickpeas with smoked paprika & cinnamon.
- Cook for 15-20 minutes or until evenly crisp.
for the cream //
- 1 avocado pealed and seeded
- 1 cup peas (frozen or fresh)
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- 1 tsp toasted sesame seeds
- pinch of salt & pepper to taste
- In a food processor, puree all ingredients until smooth, set aside.
- Spiralize two large zucchini (we used the angel hair blade to make the zoodles more fine).
NOTE: you can lightly sauté the zucchini noodles in a pan with olive oil for about 2-3 minutes or until tender, or you can leave them raw for this dish.
dish it //
- Place the zucchini noodles into a large serving dish. Place the puree in the centre of the noodles and garnish with roasted chickpeas, feta cheese, fresh dill & a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
We hope you enjoy xx S&M